Doppio Zero Drops Dough in Hayes ValleyAuthor:Michelle Konstantinovsky
San Francisco’s Hayes Valley doesn’t exactly have a shortage of great restaurants. But what the bustling neighborhood was lacking was a pizzeria owned by a 100% Italian-born team specializing in a culinary artform only 18 other eateries in California offer. Say buongiorno to Doppio Zero.
Taking over the former Caffe Delle Stelle space at 395 Hayes Street, Doppio Zero opened its doors in late August to serve up an impressive array of Southern Italian classics and the much sought-after certified Vero Pizza Napoletana (VPN). To earn that official seal of approval, pizzerias have to earn recognition from an international organization of Neapolitan officials representing some of the oldest families of pizza makers and the most famous Neapolitan pizzerias. So the prestigious achievement is no joke, and neither is the pizza.
Seasoned restaurateurs Gianni Chiloiro and Angelo Sannino use the restaurant’s Stefano Ferrara woodfired pizza oven to bake eight red pies including the classic Margherita, as well as seven white pies like their namesake, the Doppio Zero, composed of burrata cheese, 24 months prosciutto, di parma, arugula, shaved parmigiano reggiano and extra virgin olive oil. The menu also features specials like the Pizza Napule (fried and stuffed with smoked mozzarella, ricotta cheese, tomato sauce, Italian salami, and black pepper, similar to a deep fried calzone) and weekly cameos by the off-menu Pizza Stelle, a star-shaped pie each of the five points cradling different toppings of the chef’s choosing.
While the food is the main attraction, Doppio Zero’s stunning design is worth fawning over too. Chiloio and Sannino worked with longtime friend and Naples-based designer Alex Miramare, to create the interior. The 2,100 square-foot space is consistent with the aesthetic of Doppio Zero’s other two locations in Mountain View and Cupertino, and features contemporary details like dark stained wood tables and chairs, concrete floors, cushioned leather booths, a marble topped bar and a warm, comfortable ambience. Guests can dine at any of the 68 seats inside, or grab front row seats at the 12 seat bar, where they can watch the pizzaiolo sling pizzas at the 5,500 pound black mosaic tiled Ferrara oven. Additional outdoor seating will also be available on Gough Street.
Doppio Zero is located at 395 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102. Ph: 415.624.3634. For more information please visit dzpizzeria.com.
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